The main US indexes opened lower on Tuesday after the Labor Department showed that US consumer prices remained flat in July for the first time in five months. With inflation below the Fed’s goal, the probability of a rate hike in September is lower.
Meanwhile, tech giant Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and four other stocks, Advance Auto Parts, Inc. (NYSE:AAP), Momo Inc (ADR) (NASDAQ:MOMO), Autohome Inc (ADR) (NYSE:ATHM), and Home Depot Inc (NYSE:HD) are in the spotlight today. Let’s take a closer look at the companies in question and see how the investors from our database have been trading these stocks.
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Berkshire Raises its Stake in Apple
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is in the spotlight today after Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway raised its stake in the tech giant. According to Berkshire’s latest 13F, it added 5.42 million shares to its position during the second quarter, giving it a total stake of 15.23 million shares. Those 15.23 million shares were worth almost $1.5 billion on June 30 and accounted for 1.1% of Berkshire’s equity portfolio. After falling below $100 per share, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has slowly trended higher on the back of big buybacks, broader market strength, and over investor excitement over the coming iPhone launch in September. Given that Buffett typically doesn’t dabble in tech stocks, the position increase in the second quarter could be due to one of Buffett’s lieutenants.
Bottom Line Miss at Advance Auto Parts
Advance Auto Parts, Inc. (NYSE:AAP) is in the red today after the automotive company reported lackluster second-quarter earnings. Although total driving miles have been strong due to weak oil prices, the company nevertheless reported EPS of $1.90 for its second quarter, missing estimates by $0.23 per share, as the company’s adjusted operating margin rate retreated 120 basis points year-over-year to 10.8%. The company’s revenue did beat estimates by $20 million with sales of $2.26 billion, however, as the company’s comparable-store-sales decline of 4.1% was better than some bearish expectations. At the end of June, Jeff Smith’s Starboard Value held 2.76 million shares of Advance Auto Parts.
On the next page, we find out why Momo Inc (ADR), Autohome Inc (ADR), and Home Depot Inc are trending.